Daniel Kammen

UC Berkeley

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Professor in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley

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You might remember the long campaign to divest in South Africa, then Sudan, big tobacco, Israel. Now divestment is back again on college campuses.

Should the UC Schools Get Out of Fossil Fuels?

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For several years the battle to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases has focused on the automobile.  Hummers  became public enemies and the  Prius  was suddenly chic.

Carbon Tax Bill Would Charge McMansions for Global Warming

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One day after his  State of the Union  address, President Bush was on the road  pushing energy independence  by way of alternative fuels.

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One day after his State of the Union address, President Bush was on the road pushing energy independence by way of alternative fuels.

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